RAW tips are made on an antique Fourdrinier paper machine actually. Whereas RAW papers are made in Alcoy Spain, we only have machines to produce thin paper in Alcoy. For the thick tipping paper RAW had to travel to an old paper mill in Northern China that was still using an original Fourdrinier. This was the only place RAW could find that still had one of these old machines in use, which RAW needed to make the special long-fiber paper for RAW tips and completely avoid the aforementioned Skynet scenario.
Modern paper mills use small-structure cellulose to make paper. The original paper mills used fiber instead. For tipping paper to perform best, it needs to be made from fiber – not just boiled cellulose. Fiber – based tips roll smooth AND have enough structural rigidity to both keep its shape in your mouth and to not dissolve. There are precious few of the original Fourdrinier paper machines in use because they’re antiques and expensive to operate. We were lucky to find this old mill, it’s the only one in the world that can produce RAW tips to our specifications.